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FRAMINGHAM – The Learning Center for the Deaf has been awarded a $2,000 grant from MathWorks Community Grant Program to support a 1:1 technology initiative for its students.

The funding will allow for the purchase of Chromebooks for secondary students at Marie Philip and Walden School to support at-home learning as well as in-classroom use.

The grant also assists TLC’s long-term goal to purchase personal computer devices for every student at Marie Philip and Walden School from grades 1 to 12 to use in a “1-to-1” technology model, ensuring each student has his or her own device to use at school and at home while a student at TLC. 

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“TLC has updated its curriculum with a particular emphasis on 21st century teaching and learning goals. Providing each student consistent access to a Chromebook with video capability, in the home and school environment, will improve the quality of education for our deaf students by incorporating technology into all aspects of learning,” said Chris Kaftan, Director of Student Services at TLC.

Additionally, American Sign Language (ASL) is the primary language used on TLC’s campus and is the native language of many students.

The success of 1:1 technology with video access will enable teachers to consistently assign work in ASL and students to record and submit work in ASL

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Like many other organizations, the timing of the grant was greatly impacted by COVID-19. While TLC had been planning for gradual implementation of its 1:1 technology initiative, the need to provide a standardized-model Chromebook to every student in our schools in time for the fall became critical with enhanced remote learning  and the anticipated need to continue remote education.

For deaf and hard of hearing students, access to video technology is crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic, not only for education but for social and emotional well-being. 

MathWorks is a global enterprise with a social mission that actively supports local and professional communities through initiatives that advance STEM education, foster staff volunteerism, build environmental sustainability, and aid global relief efforts. The organization has a Natick, office location.

“MathWorks is committed to STEM education and helping to make technology accessible to all students. Our grant nominating committee felt strongly that The Learning Center for the Deaf’s 1:1 initiative aligned nicely with these criteria. We’re very happy to support your organization through this grant,” stated Len Dieterle, Corporate Communications for MathWorks.

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